Facebook Fake News Flagging System Gives Orwell a Lesson in Censorship

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by Brendan D. Murphy, Guest | Waking Times

“Hold on a second, citizen. Before you have that thought, you should consider this otherthought we prepared earlier for you.”

It would be hard to conceive of a more partisan or rigged social media platform than Facebook, but that clearly isn’t enough for Facebook, because it has just outdone itself, introducing a tool that allows users to flag any story they may dislike or disagree with as “fake news.” Welcome to the Facebook fake news flagging system.

One can just picture the armies of Establishment trolls and shills salivating at the prospect of being able to dispute any and every item that shows upon Facebook which they don’t like as “fake news,” making it even harder than it already is for independent news outlets to be seen and heard by the people who need to be reached the most (the people who need waking up so they can become part of the solution).

But wait, can’t intelligent, well-researched individuals in turn report outlets they would consider to be sources of bogus information, like the Washington Post, New York Times, and other Establishment-approved sources? Why, no, of course not, this is a one way street. As NBC (an Establishment outlet) notes, “legitimate news outlets won’t be able to be flagged.

Er, so who occupies the mighty throne of Arbiter of Truth to determine what is a “legitimate” outlet and what is not?

Why, a legion of Establishment outlets of course!

Here’s what will happen: flagged stories – any viewpoint a Facebooker happens to dislike – will be reviewed by Facebook “researchers” and sent on to third-party “fact-checking” organizations for further “verification” — or simply marked as fake. The post, after being “assessed” by the third-party “checkers” will show up as “disputed” should they deign to make it so.

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